Pool Academy rated Good in glowing Ofsted report

Staff and students at Pool Academy are celebrating after being rated Good in a glowing Ofsted report.

Good quality of education, effective safeguarding and respectful, good-humoured behaviour were all noted by inspectors.

The inspectors highlighted that teachers ‘have ensured that the curriculum allows pupils to succeed in a wide variety of GCSE subjects’, as well as the ‘strong’ progress in Science and the ‘attention to detail’ that students pay to their work across the school.

Zelma Hill, Pool Academy Principal, said it was fantastic to get such good feedback from the inspectors.

The Ofsted report read: “You and your senior leaders are working hard, and successfully, to improve the quality of teaching across the school.  Staff at all levels support your steadfast conviction that pupils of all backgrounds will be welcomed and given the chance to do well academically.”

It also pointed out that teachers are ‘well motivated and readily pass on their enthusiasm to pupils’ and ‘Inspectors saw many examples of respectful, good-humoured behaviour both between pupils and between pupils and staff’.

The report read: “Pupils who spoke to us during the inspection, from all year groups, said they feel safe at school. Leaders convey strong messages to pupils about how to stay safe in a variety of situations, including internet safety.”

Safeguarding was judged to be effective.

The report also stated: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.”

Mrs Hill said she was encouraged to hear the Student Leadership is ‘proud of their school’ and of their uniform, which inspectors commented on as ‘immaculate’.

Mrs Hill said: “This is such a fantastic way to finish my career. Pool Academy is a great school and I am sure under Miss Meakin’s leadership the school will continue to strive for excellence.”

Frank Baker, Chair of Governors at the school, said: “The governors are delighted for Ofsted to confirm the Academy’s “Good” rating and to identify progress in many areas of curriculum. We are also pleased that Ofsted recognised that the Academy is passionate about maintaining the inclusive nature of the school, allowing all pupils to feel well supported and to make good progress as a result.

You can read the whole report here

Past pupil with top Government role returns to Pool Academy

A top government official and former student returned to his roots to visit students at Pool Academy.

John Curnow, Chief Economist at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, arrived at the school this week (JULY 3) to speak to youngsters about his role.

Mr Curnow talked about his life at the Academy and the path he took to get to where he is today.

Pool Academy Students after having a workshop with John Curnow

Pool Academy Students after having a workshop with John Curnow

He then led workshops with Year 9 and Year 10 to demonstrate economics.

Mr Curnow said: “I really enjoyed coming back to Pool Academy. It has changed massively.

“It’s really nice to be back here after 25 years.

“It was great to meet the students and talk to them. They are a nice bunch and they had some really good questions.”

Dylan Sara, from Year 9, said: “It was a good session with Mr Curnow. I didn’t know anything about Economics before but now I feel like I know a little more.”

Beth Johns, form Year 9, said: “It was nice to learn about things we can do when we leave school.”

Zelma Hill, Pool Academy’s Principal, said: "It was a pleasure to welcome John Curnow back to Pool Academy.

"We want students to appreciate that the world is their oyster and they can do anything.

"People who have attended Pool Academy have gone on to do some great things."

Mr Curnow attended Pool Academy, or Pool School as it was known then, from September 1987 after attending Four Lanes School. Once he completed his A Levels in Redruth, he went on to get his first degree from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Economics from the University of Birmingham.

Speaking about his time at Pool School he said: “I enjoyed lots of things here. I loved sport but also Maths and Geography. I made a load of life-long friends at school and had many teachers who inspired my interest in government, economics and how the country is run.”

He told students that in life you are often facing the  ‘unknown’ and need to recognise that things go wrong sometimes. He recommended persevering, maintaining a positive attitude and felt that there was the right job out there for everyone.

Mr Curnow took on the role as Chief Economist at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in September 2016.

Before his current role he worked as Economics Director at the independent healthcare regulator, Monitor, as well as a range of economics and strategy roles in the health sector and in central Government, including working at HM Treasury, DfT, DCLG and, earlier in his career, environmental tax and appraisal issues.

Mr Curnow now lives in Hertfordshire and works in London.

Pool Academy students put through their paces during visit from Marines.

Pool Academy students were put through their paces after members of the marines visited recently.

Team building and problem solving skills, amidst numerous burpees, were the order of the day for a group of Year 9 and Year 10 students recently.

Lance-Corporal Charlie Llewellyn and Corporal Dan Pither travelled to the school from Commando Training Centre Royal Marines Lympstone.

They used ladders, tyres, rope and other items to help teach the importance of team work and give a glimpse into the life of a marine.

LCPL Llewellyn said they came down to lead the day to show ‘the way of the marines’.

He said: “There were team work games, activities for students to solve problems and physical problems.

“It was a way of showing the way of the marines. We were there for those thinking of joining.

“We always get a good response from the children talking part.”

One Year 9 student said: “This has inspired me to have a career as a marine. I have found it will be possible for women to join up for the first time in 2018.”

Another said: “Today we really improved our confidence by doing lots of team building activities.

Marines putting Pool Academy students through their paces  

Marines putting Pool Academy students through their paces  

“The best part was that we felt really pushed to our limits and it really tested us.”

Sharon Bright, PE teacher at Pool Academy, said: “The two royal marine commandos arrived to work with five different groups of students.

“The aim of the sessions was to teach them the importance of team work and give them an insight into life in the marines and other wider military.

“The students really enjoyed the sessions and worked really hard on all the challenges.

“We have had a good positive response from the students. They have loved it.”

Talented Pool Academy student dubbed an inspiration after scooping a dance award

A talented Pool Academy student has been called ‘an inspiration to young people’ after scooping a silver dance award.

Francesca Goff, in Year 10, is the first in her dance group to be given the Arts Award Silver Level 2 Award from Trinity College London in arts practice and arts leadership.

Francesca receiving her award with by Becci Gowers from Dance confidence Cornwall

Francesca receiving her award with by Becci Gowers from Dance confidence Cornwall

The 15-year-old spent six months working towards the achievement. She choreographed her own dance piece to One Direction’s song Drag Me Down, taught others the dance routine and carried out written evaluations after watching inspirational, professional dance performances.

Becci Gowers, from Dance Confidence Cornwall, is Francesca’s dance teacher.

She said: “Francesca is the first person, via Dance Confidence Cornwall, to get a silver award.

“She deserves it.

“I have been teaching Francesca for a while now and she is a very lovely character. She is incredibly passionate about dancing and has real potential to be a leader and teacher already.

“I am incredibly proud of her. She is a real credit to Dance Confidence Cornwall and a real inspiration to other young people.”

The Arts Award examiner who wrote a report on Francesca’s efforts said Francesca had ‘developed her

knowledge of dance’ and ‘her show and choreography showed real commitment’. 

Francesca’s mother, Annmarie, said: “We are very proud of Francesca.”

The Arts Award is a qualification that supports people up to 25 years old to help them develop as artists and arts leaders.

Francesca loves dancing and was due to carry out her work experience at West Coast Academy helping youngsters with their classes.

Miss Gowers said she would love for Francesca to teach lessons at Dance Confidence Cornwall in the future.

Francesca’s Silver Award will also go towards her achievements for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

A budding chef is looking to the future after taking part in semi-finals of a Chef of the Year competition

A Pool Academy student is looking to the future after taking part in the South West Chef of the Year semi-finals.

Emma Green created a Cornish Trio Seafood Platter for the Junior Class of the competition last week (June 27).

She competed against students aged 11 to 16 years from other school across the South West for the top prize - work experience with two Michelin-starred Chef David Everitt-Matthias in the kitchen of Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham.

Mrs Strana, Food Tech and Nutrition teacher at Pool Academy, went along to support Emma at Cornwall College during the competition.

She said the Year 9 student enjoyed the event and did very well but was pipped to the post by another contestant.

Sarah Green, Emma’s mother, said: “I was so proud of her. A lot of the competitors were older than her.

“Emma didn’t get through but she did fantastic. She got a hug from Stephane Delourme, the Head Chef at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, who said she did fantastic.

“Mark Devonshire the Chef Lecturer at Cornwall College said he would love to see her on a Saturday at the college so he could teach her.

“It was really good.

“She was happy and got really good feedback.

“I am really proud of her.”

During the competition Emma created the dish with crab linguine and wild garlic, scallops and seaweed, mussels with a white wine reduction and tomato.

Her menu was inspired by Cornwall and local produce. Before the competition she had studied a number of different menus to find the best ingredients.

Emma said she had been practicing the dish at home and at school before the competition.

The youngster, who has been cooking and baking since she was five years old, said: “I like cooking. I have always liked it. It is something I would like to get into when I’m older. “

Mrs Strana, said Emma had taken care to source her recipe.

Quirky jewellery artist helps inspire creative designs at Pool Academy

Buttons, beads, bits and bobs were transformed into creative designs when a jewellery artist visited Pool Academy.

SparklyLynne, from the Big Spotty Dog Studio, held an upcycling jewellery art workshop recently.

Teachers had been collecting buttons and beads in preparation for the day attended by a group of Year 9 students.

Lynne Speake, who prefers the name Sparklylynne, showed the youngsters how to transform everyday small items into stunning pieces.

She said: “Pool Academy is the first school I have visited to do a jewellery workshop.

“I brought lots of beads in, beads I have been collecting from charity shops and lots of different places. The school also collected lots of beads from the teachers.

“When I arrived I talked about the importance of reusing things.

“I demonstrated how I made my necklaces and showed them some of the ones I had already made.

“The students were great.

“I was really impressed by them and they made some beautiful things.

“They made the designs and worked the beads together. It was quite fiddly.”

The students enjoyed the workshop and have taken photographs of their finished items to use as a study for further art projects.

Sparklylynne started to create her individual jewellery pieces last year after spending some time creating upcycled clothing.

She said: “I was really impressed with the students. They were really good in the way they behaved and they were responsible.”

Natalie Ellis, Head of Art said: "The workshop was excellent and extremely well organised by Lynne.

“The students had a lot of fun creating their bespoke jewellery designs and they really enjoyed the day.

“Lynne was fantastic with the students and very encouraging, especially to those whose were a bit unsure at first as to what beads or colours to use.

“I would also like to thank Keren Hughes and her sister for their support on the day and to all the staff who donated beads and items to be recycled."

Students enjoyed hot weather during expedition

A group of students from Pool Academy enjoyed a weekend away as part of Duke of Edinburgh Award activities.

Six youngsters with special needs completed an expedition in and around the Portreath area recently.

They camped, walked and swam over the two-day expedition in hot summer weather.

Sarah Jackson, Learning Facilitator at Pool Academy, said: “We took six special needs children over the weekend around the Portreath area.

“We camped at Cambrose Touring Park where we employed an ex-student, who is a qualified life guard, so the group could have an hour and a half in the swimming pool after being out in really hot weather conditions.

“We had a lovely time.”

She said the group plan to do more walking and take part in sailing in July.

Pool Academy student praised for thoughtfulness

A Pool Academy student has been praised for her thoughtfulness after handing in a set of keys.

A woman, who lives near to the school, had been walking her dogs when she realised the keys had gone.

Grace Pellow-Firth, 8ADB, found the keys and handed them in to a member of staff much to the delight of the neighbour.

Later she sent an email to Zelma Hill, Pool Academy Principal, thanking Grace for her kindness.

The email read: “I would just like to thank your pupils for this kindness. It was a very thoughtful act.

“I did not get the pupils name but their actions have put your school in a very positive light.”

Grace, who is in Air House, was congratulated for helping the community.

Nigel Williams, Head of Air House at Pool Academy said: “Grace is constantly helping out and has done since the start of Year 7. She is a credit to herself, family and school.”

Charitable Pool Academy students given council awards

Charitable Pool Academy students have received community awards after impressing councillors with their fundraising.

Councillor Robert Drew, Chairman of Carn Brea Parish Council, visited Pool Academy recently to hand over the Awards for Local People.

The awards are presented to people from the community that the parish council feel are deserving.

Councillor Drew said: “Each year Carn Brea Parish Council looks to find and identify people from our community who have done exceptional things. Things which are for the benefit of others in our community. Things they didn’t have to do but which required special effort and real commitment.

“This year we wanted to especially highlight the effort and commitment shown by our young citizens.”

Councillor Drew said the three students, Thomas Marshall from Year 8, Emma Green from Year 9, and Harry from Year 7 were given an award each for their charitable work and fundraising efforts over the past year.

Last month members of Carn Brea Parish Council also presented Leona, from Year 11, the Marise Levenson Award in recognition of her charitable work in the community at the Annual Parish Meeting of Carn Brea Parish Council.

Leona, who is Head Girl at Pool Academy, was the first person to have ever received the award.

The award was to recognise an outstanding contribution by a young person to the local community through charitable acts or achievements.

She has helped fundraise for charity, carry out bag packs and donated a sensory board to Lower Curnow School.

Pool Academy students play in beach cricket tournament

A group of students from Pool Academy have been congratulated on their efforts at a recent cricket tournament.

The Chance to Shine beach cricket event was held in Perranporth with about 18 schools taking part.

The different teams were encouraged to play a game of Beach 20, which saw teams having 20 balls per innings, giving everyone a chance to bat and bowl.

Sharon Bright, from Pool Academy, said: “The students did themselves proud playing six games taking 10 wickets and scoring over 70 runs during the day.

“Well done.”

National charity Chance to Shine provides Cornwall Cricket Board with money to help put on the events.

Joe Skinner, Cornwall Cricket Development Manager, said: “The beach cricket competition is one of many we run to get children enthused in the game.”

He said the idea was to get everyone involved and to have fun.

“There is no better place to play than on the beach,” he said. “We have held the event for the last six years for under 13 girls and under 13 boys.”

Chance to Shine is a national charity hoping to spread enthusiasm about cricket throughout schools and communities.

The charity takes the game to new places and uses it to ignite new passions, teach skills, unite diverse groups, and educate young people from Cornwall to Cardiff to County Durham.

 The charity is committed to giving all young people the chance to play, learn from and enjoy cricket.

Charitable Pool Academy students given council awards

Charitable Pool Academy students have received community awards after impressing councillors with their fundraising.

Councillor Robert Drew, Chairman of Carn Brea Parish Council, visited Pool Academy recently to hand over the Awards for Local People.

The awards are presented to people from the community that the parish council feel are deserving.

Councillor Drew said: “Each year Carn Brea Parish Council looks to find and identify people from our community who have done exceptional things. Things which are for the benefit of others in our community. Things they didn’t have to do but which required special effort and real commitment.

“This year we wanted to especially highlight the effort and commitment shown by our young citizens.”

Councillor Drew said the three students, Thomas Marshall from Year 8, Emma Green from Year 9, and Harry Kessell from Year 7 were given an award each for their charitable work and fundraising efforts over the past year.

Last month members of Carn Brea Parish Council also presented Leona, from Year 11, the Marise Levenson Award in recognition of her charitable work in the community at the Annual Parish Meeting of Carn Brea Parish Council.

Leona, who is Head Girl at Pool Academy, was the first person to have ever received the award.
The award was to recognise an outstanding contribution by a young person to the local community through charitable acts or achievements.

She has helped fundraise for charity, carry out bag packs and donated a sensory board to Lower Curnow School.
 

Pool Academy students wave goodbye to Harold Hedgehog

A hedgehog rescued by Pool Academy staff and students has been released back into the wild after being nursed back to health.

Harold before he was released

Harold before he was released

Four students travelled to Duchy College Rosewarne to wave goodbye to the creature as his enclosure doors were opened ready to set him free.

About a month ago the hedgehog, affectionately named Harold by the school, had been found tangled in school cricket nets. He was in shock, underweight and dehydrated.

PE teachers Alistair Durant and Julian Hosking rushed to its aid, with the help of some students, and used scissors to cut it free.

Unfortunately, there was still some netting caught under its arm and so it was taken to Duchy College by Learning Facilitator Sarah Jackson.

The hedgehog was 572 grams when it arrived at the college but on the day of his release he was 876 grams– a weight gain of nearly 300g.

Students were allowed to hold Harold one last time before he was set free.

Neve looking after Harold

Neve looking after Harold

Neve, Year 9, was first to hold the hedgehog. She said: “I liked his nose. He was a sweetheart. I really enjoyed it.”

Harvey, Year 9, said: “He flinched a bit when I held him. He wasn’t too heavy to hold.”

Lucy Bennetts, Head Technician at Duchy College Rosewarne, said: “The hedgehog has been doing really well.

“He was so thin when he arrived and was dehydrated.

“He is a beautiful size now. He is how he should be.

“It is the perfect time for him to go.

“We think he was last year’s baby and so this will be the first year he will be going out to find a mate.”

She said Harold has not returned to its enclosure since they left the door open.

“It appears he ate his tea and then decided to venture out around his new home,” she said. “We don’t think he has returned.

 “We have liked having him here. He has had the most expensive food and has also had meal worms and students at the college have been collecting slugs and snails for him.”

Sarah Jackson, Learning Facilitator at Pool Academy, said: “Thank you to Duchy College for letting us be involved in the hedgehog’s recovery and release.

“We were surprised at how big he had gotten since we first brought him to the college.

“They really look after their animals at the college.

“We were excited to see Harold being released.”

Harvey and Harold about to be released...

Harvey and Harold about to be released...

Sporting Pool Academy students given donation for new cricket equipment

Sporting students from Pool Academy have been given a donation for new cricket equipment.

Members of The Rotary Club of Redruth visited the school recently with a £50 cheque to go towards the cost of new balls and other items.

It was handed over to Jarrod Hambly the Pool Academy U13 cricket captain. The new kit items were used in The Crusaders Cup competition which is sponsored by Rotary Clubs in Cornwall.
After the cheque presentation the school cricket team took part in the U13 match V Redruth School which resulted in a tie – for the second year in a row.

They then took part in the quarter-finals against Penair School on Thursday (June 8) where they played well and had a good game.

Julian Hosking, PE teacher at Pool Academy, said: “We are delighted to receive the money. It will help go towards the cost of cricket balls and kit. This new equipment was used when we practiced for the quarter-finals.”

 

Roger Watson of the Rotary Club of Redruth presenting The Pool Academy U13 captainJarrod Hambly  with the cheque.

Roger Watson of the Rotary Club of Redruth presenting The Pool Academy U13 captainJarrod Hambly  with the cheque.

Pool Academy poets’ work selected to represent Cornwall at international festival

Pool Academy poetry students have been selected to represent Cornwall at an international festival this summer.

Lucy Humphreys, librarian at Pool Academy, has been chosen to travel to the Lorient Interceltic Festival in Brittany to read poems in Cornish.

Luke Anderson, Year 7, Miss Humphreys, and Harry Kessell with poems to be read at the LorientInterceltic Festival

Luke Anderson, Year 7, Miss Humphreys, and Harry Kessell with poems to be read at the LorientInterceltic Festival

She has now invited some students from her poetry class to create pieces she can read along with a selection of others in her repertoire.

The annual Celtic festival, which has been taking place since the 1970s, is held in Lorient, Brittany, in August.

It sees people from a number of nations coming together to celebrate the art and culture of Celtic history.

Luke Anderson, Year 7, is one of the students selected. He said he has been composing a poem about miners for Miss Humphreys to read at the event.

“It is an exciting opportunity,” he said. “It is an honour.”

Harry Kessell, Year 7 , is also excited about composing a poem for the event.

Miss Humphreys, who attended the festival last year as a dancer, said this is the first time she has been asked to represent Cornwall as a poet.

As well as reading the students’ poems she will also recite two of her own poems and has chosen two from Cornish poets.

The poems which are currently in English will be translated into the Cornish language for her by poet Pol Hodge, whose work she will also be reading.

She said: “It will be good to have poems from a range of ages and styles. They are about being Cornish, living in Cornwall and the Cornish language and landscape.

“I am excited to be going to Brittany and representing Cornwall.”

Festivalgoers will be arriving in traditional Celtic clothing and the festival includes a procession, music, dance and food.

Learning Festival Success at Pool Academy

Minecraft, crime solving and 3D painting helped to make a successful learning festival at Pool Academy.

The school was one of the first in the country to host the Accessibility Learning Festival recently.

A selection of Year 5 to Year 8 children from across the county were invited along to take part in a number of technology-led workshops during the one-day event.

A ‘crime scene’ with police tape had been set up in the corner of the school gym and youngsters had to use their problem solving skills to figure out clues.

There was a Minecraft Education Edition workshop. Minecraft is a computer game using blocks to build adventures and youngsters had to make structures and then write instructions for others to follow.

Other sessions saw youngsters using QR codes, discovering computer coding with a pocket sized computer and a 3D painting workshop.

Five secondary schools signed up for the morning sessions and six primary schools took part in the afternoon.

Pool Academy student Finley, Year 7, said: “I loved the festival.  It was really good fun. I enjoyed the Minecraft session.”

Michael, Year 8, said: “I enjoyed it. It was good to work with others too. The crime scene was good although we couldn’t find the fourth clue.”

Mr Buckingham, from Pool Academy, said: “It is always a pleasure to welcome staff and students from other schools into the Academy. We have developed a close relationship with Tablet Academy over the last 18 months and this has resulted in us being able to host some fantastic events.

“These experiences have benefited a huge number of students, both primary and secondary and across all ability ranges.”

David Fuller, Tablet Academy Principal Education Consultant, led the festival workshops.

He said: “I really like doing the festivals at Pool Academy. Mr Buckingham is an outstanding organiser.

“The children seem to be really enjoying the festival. The challenges they have been given are challenging but in a nice way.”

Mr Fuller said the workshop sessions were created to include a number of different learning skills including literature, arts, biology and problem solving.

He thanked the school for all its efforts in helping with the preparation of the event

The festival has been provided thanks to a partnership between Tablet Academy and BT Business Direct.

The free event was split into two workshop sessions, morning and afternoon, each lasting about two and a half hours.

Pool Academy teacher surprised with a Certificate of Excellence.

A Pool Academy teacher is smiling after being surprised with a Teacher of the Year Certificate of Excellence.

Shelley George, Head of English, did not know she had been entered into the Pearson Teaching Awards until she was presented with the certificate recently.

Mrs Phillips, an English Teacher at the academy, received an email about the awards last October and decided to nominate Miss George.

In secret Mrs Phillips filled out an extensive application for the competition and decided not to say a word until the certificate arrived this month (JUNE).

Zelma Hill, Pool Academy Principal, then conducted a surprise presentation at a staff meeting in front of all her colleagues.

Miss George said: “It was a wonderful surprise.

“I didn’t know anything about it. People know I don’t like things like this so my friend Mrs Phillips did it secretly. 

Shelley George holding her Pearson Teacher of the Year Certificate of Excellence.

Shelley George holding her Pearson Teacher of the Year Certificate of Excellence.

“She managed to keep quiet about it.

“It is the first time I have ever had an award in my life.”

Mrs Phillips said she had to fill out a large amount of criteria about Miss George’s teaching including describing an average lesson, showing how students responded to her and demonstrate how she inspired her colleagues.

Mrs Phillips said: “We received an email about the awards last year and I immediately thought of Ms George.

 “It was quite a gruelling application.”

Mrs Phillips was told Miss George’s application was one of thousands from across the country entered into the awards this year.

The Teaching Awards were set up 1999 to recognise and celebrate excellence in education. 

The Awards honour outstanding teachers and teaching.

Officials at the Pearson Teaching Awards Trust said the Awards were an opportunity to say ‘thank you’, to teachers. 

 

Pool Academy student selected for Chef of the Year Competition semi-finals

A Pool Academy student has reached the South West Chef of the Year semi-finals after creating a mouth-watering Cornish dish.

Emma Green, Year 9, has created her Cornish Trio Seafood Platter for the Junior Class of the competition.

The dish consists of crab linguine and wild garlic, scallops and seaweed, mussels with a white wine reduction and tomato.

Her menu has been inspired by Cornwall and local produce. She studied a number of different menus while researching the final dish to find the best ingredients.

Pool Academy student Emma who has reached the semi-finals of the Junior Class in the South West Chef of the Year competition.

Pool Academy student Emma who has reached the semi-finals of the Junior Class in the South West Chef of the Year competition.

Emma will be competing against other school students from across the South West to win a top prize of the chance toget work experience with two Michelin-starred Chef David Everitt-Matthias in the kitchen of Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham.

Emma said: “I have been practicing the dish at home and at school.

“I am a little bit nervous about the semi-finals but I am confident too.

“I like cooking. I have always liked it. It is something I would like to get into when I’m older.

“I was five years old when I first made something by myself. I cooked cupcakes.

“This is just something I really like doing.”

The semi-finals are due to take place at Cornwall College on June 27 and is open to those aged 11 to 16 year olds.

The youngsters have been asked to create a main course dish to serve two people using ingredients from the South West of England.

Judges deciding on the winning dishes are expected to be Neil Haydrock Executive Chef of Watergate Bay Hotel, Stephane Delourme the Head Chef at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow and Mark Devonshire the Chef Lecturer at Cornwall College.

Emma’s Food Tech and Nutrition teacher, Mrs Strana, said: “Emma really took care to source her recipe.

“She’s got a good chance and deserves success

Pool Academy students praised by officials after two-day expedition

Pool Academy students have been praised by officials after completing a two-day expedition near Newquay.

A group from Year 9 and 10 spent the weekend navigating and camping in the Crantock area for their Duke of Edinburgh Award recently.

Despite varying weather conditions they completed their trip successfully and impressed the official examiner who was assessing their efforts.

Students began their trip on Saturday morning and walked about 14 kilometres a day while carrying out research projects.

They used stoves to cook their own meals, including pasta and cheese, sausage and beans and chocolate pudding, and slept in tents.

They didn’t arrive home until 5pm Sunday night.

Sarah Jackson, Pool Academy Learning Facilitator, said: “We had 16 students who spent two days navigating and camping. During the weekend there was a mixture of rain, wind and sunshine.

“They coped well with the different weather conditions.

“They all managed themselves well and came back exhausted.

“The examiner was so pleased with the group. In his report he advised all the students move up to the silver award.”

John Larke, DofE Accredited Expedition Assessor, said: “The teams were all very well integrated. It was very noticeable how they all looked after each other and worked as a team.

“As an assessor I go around assessing various teams from various organisations and certainly in my opinion the quality of training they received from Sarah before the expedition is of the highest standard possible.”

To complete the Bronze Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award youngsters have to carry out a volunteer activity, take part an activity to improve health and physical fitness, develop a skill and take part in a two day and one-night expedition.

As part of their voluntary work Pool Academy students previously took part in a spring clean in the community.

They spent three months carrying out activities such as litter picking on local beaches and in parks.

Kind-hearted Pool Academy student donates handmade sensory board

A kind-hearted Pool Academy student has donated a handmade sensory board to youngsters after hours of hard work.

Leona, Pool Academy’s head girl, has been working for months on the board which she has designed to help children at Lower Curnow School, in Illogan.

The board has been created with features on it intended to help learning via sound, touch and sight. The 16-year-old has used a variety of textures and added an abacus and alphabet on it.

Leona said her sister, who attends Curnow School in Redruth, was her inspiration to make the item. It was for a project for her Resistant Materials class at Pool Academy.

She enjoyed creating the piece and was happy to hand it over for the children to use.

“I wanted to make something to help my sister,” she said.

“I made a mini one for her and then I spoke to Curnow School to make a bigger one.

“I asked the school if it was ok to come and take the measurements and they said yes.

“They were happy that I donated it to them.”

Leona said she spent a while collecting all the different materials to place on the board and her Gran donated the buttons.

She said: “It was a lot of fun to make and I had to do a lot of trialling and testing.

“I am excited about handing it over to the school.”

Leona’s mother said she was proud of her daughter’s generosity: “She wanted to donate it to the school.

“This was an idea she came up with all by herself.”

Gina Briggs, Headteacher at Lower Curnow School, said: “We are very grateful for the project and for Leona thinking about our pupils. She is very caring.”

Budding Biologists win national science award

Budding biologists from Pool Academy are celebrating after being awarded certificates for high scores in a national science challenge.

Students from year 9 and 10 took part in the British Biology Challenge, hosted by the Royal Society of Biology, at the academy.

Around 36,000 youngsters from across the country took part in the challenge which saw them having to complete two 25 minute papers with questions that got increasingly harder.

The challenge tested students not only on what they had learnt at school but also on their expertise and understanding of the natural world.

The varied questions ranged from asking for the collective noun of a group of Rhinos to macro-physiological adaptations.

Pool Academy students ranked highly in the test, beating thousands of other students nationally, and will receive an award from the Royal Society of Biology for scoring in the top 30 per cent.

Mr Jones, a science teacher at Pool Academy, said: “It is a very hard challenge but they beat 36,000 other students in the UK.

“We are incredibly proud of our students and their success in this rigorous challenge.

“Competing in a national challenge such as this is no mean feat. Commendation needs to be given to all participants.

“The achievements of our students in this challenge are a testament to the on-going hard work of both them and their teachers."